Hiking Coconino National Forest
March 8-14, 2020
Co-Trip Leaders: Sharon Williams and Bernie Weitenkamp
Type of Trip: Hiking
Trip Cost/Deposit: $720/$360 (+Airfare)
Cancellation Date and full payment: December 31, 2019
Wilderness Level: 2
Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Rugged - hike up to 10 miles per day, elevation gains up to 2000 feet
Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment
Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.
Group Size: 8/8 Maximum/Minimum
Join us for this trip to what is considered one of the top destinations in the country for day hiking. Our hiking will be in the Coconino National Forrest, primarily the Red Rocks District. There are over a hundred trails to choose from with trail lengths and elevation changes to satisfy hikers of every skill level. The one thing they all have in common are the majestic red rock formations with famous names like Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte and Cow Pie just to name a few.
We will be staying in a lovely home a short distance from the many trailheads. Daily hikes could vary from 5 to 10 miles and will have elevation changes up to 2,000 feet, so conditioning will be important. The Sedona area elevation is mostly at about 4,000 feet. March average temperatures are between highs of 63 to lows of 35. Great hiking temperature but layering cloths will be important. This is not a remote wilderness area and cell service should be available in most places.
Breakfast will be provided, and lunches will be on the trail with whatever you choose to bring. Dinners will be at local restaurants at your expense. There should be ample time to take in the many interesting sites of the area like Jerome, an eclectic old mining town with interesting dining, shops and a history of the mine and town. We may also visit a few of the close by National Heritage sites. Of course, we will be in Sedona and the quaint Village of Oak Creek. We will likely take in a visit to Flagstaff and include a visit to the famous Lowell Observatory. Most of the area is part of the “dark sky community” and on a clear night the sky and stars are amazing! We only get a week so we will be very busy. You will get a good taste of the Sedona area and we expect that most will want to plan a return visit…just too much to see and do in a week.
Trip cost includes lodging in shared house, rental vehicles, breakfasts and miscellaneous supplies. Household chores and cooking with be shared between group members.
Questions may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.
Effective on all 2019 trips, there will be a $50 nonrefundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel, even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the roster (i.e. who stay on the waitlist) will not be charged the fee.